REST services



The operator provides an optional REST API for advanced users. You can use the API as an alternative method for getting a list of WebLogic domains and clusters (for example, instead of calling kubectl get domains), or for getting certain aspects of a domain’s status (for example, instead of calling kubectl get domain MYDOMAIN -o yaml). You also can use the REST API as an alternative approach for initiating scaling operations (instead of using the Kubernetes API or command line to alter a domain resource’s replicas values).

Beginning with operator version 4.0.5, the operator’s REST endpoint is disabled by default. Install the operator with the Helm install option --set "enableRest=true" to enable the REST endpoint.

Configure the operator’s external REST HTTPS interface

The operator can expose an external REST HTTPS interface which can be accessed from outside the Kubernetes cluster. As with the operator’s internal REST interface, the external REST interface requires an SSL/TLS certificate and private key that the operator will use as the identity of the external REST interface.

To enable the external REST interface, configure these values in a custom configuration file or on the Helm command line:

  • Set externalRestEnabled to true.
  • Set externalRestIdentitySecret to the name of the Kubernetes tls secret that contains the certificates and private key. For more information about the REST identity secret, see Updating operator external certificates.
  • Optionally, set externalRestHttpsPort to the external port number for the operator REST interface (defaults to 31001).

NOTE: A node port is a security risk because the port may be publicly exposed to the Internet in some environments. If you need external access to the REST port, then consider alternatives, such as providing access through your load balancer or using Kubernetes port forwarding.

Updating operator external certificates

If the operator needs to update the external certificate and key currently being used or was installed without an external REST API SSL/TLS identity, then use the helm upgrade command to restart the operator with the new or updated Kubernetes tls secret that contains the desired certificates.

The operator requires a restart to begin using the new or updated external certificate. Use the Helm --recreate-pods flag to cause the existing Kubernetes Pod to be terminated and a new pod to be started with the updated configuration.

For example, if the operator was installed with the Helm release name weblogic-operator in the namespace weblogic-operator-ns and the Kubernetes tls secret is named weblogic-operator-cert, then you can use the following commands to update the operator certificates and key:

$ kubectl create secret tls weblogic-operator-cert -n weblogic-operator-ns \
  --cert=<path-to-certificate> --key=<path-to-private-key>
$ helm get values weblogic-operator -n weblogic-operator-ns
$ helm -n weblogic-operator-ns upgrade weblogic-operator weblogic-operator/weblogic-operator \
  --wait --recreate-pods --reuse-values \
  --set externalRestEnabled=true \
  --set externalRestIdentitySecret=weblogic-operator-cert

Additional resources:

Use the operator’s REST services

You can access most of the REST services using GET, for example:

  • To obtain a list of domains, send a GET request to the URL /operator/latest/domains
  • To obtain a list of clusters in a domain, send a GET request to the URL /operator/latest/domains/<domainUID>/clusters

All of the REST services require authentication. Callers must pass in a valid token header and must have a properly configured CA certificate in their trust store, so that the X.509 certificate presented by the server is trusted by the client (see How to add your certificate to your operating system trust store). In previous operator versions, the operator performed checks using the Kubernetes token review and subject access review APIs, and then updated the Domain resource using the operator’s privileges. Now, by default, the operator will use the caller’s bearer token to perform the underlying update to the Domain resource using the caller’s privileges and thus delegating authentication and authorization checks directly to the Kubernetes API Server (see REST interface configuration). Depending on your Kubernetes cluster authentication and authorization configuration, there are multiple ways of getting a valid token. For an example using a Kubernetes service account, see the Sample operator REST client script.

When using the operator’s REST services to scale up or down a WebLogic cluster, you may need to grant patch access to the user or service account associated with the caller’s bearer token. This can be done with an RBAC ClusterRoleBinding between the user or service account and the ClusterRole that defines the permissions for the WebLogic domains resource. For more information, see Using RBAC Authorization in the Kubernetes documentation.

Callers should pass in the Accept:/application/json header.

To protect against Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks, the operator REST API requires that you send in a X-Requested-By header when you invoke a REST endpoint that makes a change (for example, when you POST to the /scale endpoint). The value is an arbitrary name such as MyClient. For example, when using curl:

$ curl ... -H X-Requested-By:MyClient ... -X POST .../scaling

If you do not pass in the X-Requested-By header, then you’ll get a 400 (bad request) response without any details explaining why the request is bad. The X-Requested-By header is not needed for requests that only read, for example, when you GET any of the operator’s REST endpoints.

Before using the Sample operator REST client script, you must:

  • Update it to ensure that it has the correct service account, namespaces, and such, and it points to the values.yaml file that you used to install the operator (so that it can get the certificates).
  • Add your operator’s certificate to your operating system’s trust store (see How to add your certificate to your operating system trust store).
  • If you are using a self-signed certificate and your client is macOS, you may need to update the version of curl you have installed (though newer versions of macOS come with newer versions of curl). Oracle recommends curl 7.63.0 (x86_64-apple-darwin17.7.0) libcurl/7.63.0 SecureTransport zlib/1.2.11 or later. If you are unsure, then check with curl --version.

How to add your certificate to your operating system trust store

For macOS, find the certificate in Finder, and double-click on it. This will add it to your keystore and open Keychain Access. Find the certificate in Keychain Access and double-click on it to open the details. Open the Trust drop-down menu and set the value of When using this certificate to Always Trust, then close the detail window. Enter your password when prompted.

For Oracle Linux, run the following script once to copy the certificate into /tmp/operator.cert.pem, and then run these commands to add the certificate to the trust store:

$ sudo cp /tmp/operator.cert.pem /etc/pki/ca-trust/source/anchors/
$ sudo update-ca-trust enable; sudo update-ca-trust extract
$ openssl x509 -noout -hash -in /tmp/operator.cert.pem
$ sudo ln -s /etc/pki/ca-trust/source/anchors/operator.cert.pem /etc/pki/tls/certs/e242d2da.0

In the final command, the file name e242d2da.0 should be the output of the previous command plus the suffix .0.

For other operating systems, consult your operating system’s documentation (or Google).

Sample SSL certificate and private key for the REST interface

For testing purposes, the WebLogic Kubernetes Operator project provides a sample script that generates a self-signed certificate and private key for the operator external REST interface. The generated certificate and key are stored in a Kubernetes tls secret and the sample script outputs the corresponding configuration values in YAML format. These values can be added to your custom YAML configuration file, for use when the operator’s Helm chart is installed. For more detailed information about the sample script and how to run it, see the Sample to create certificate and key.

The sample script should not be used in a production environment because typically a self-signed certificate for external communication is not considered safe. A certificate signed by a commercial certificate authority is more widely accepted and should contain valid host names, expiration dates, and key constraints.

Sample operator REST client script

Here is a small, sample BASH script that may help to prepare the necessary token, certificates, and such, to call the operator’s REST services:


REST_PORT=`kubectl get services -n weblogic-operator -o jsonpath='{.items[?( == "external-weblogic-operator-svc")].spec.ports[?( == "rest")].nodePort}'`
SECRET=`kubectl get serviceaccount weblogic-operator -n weblogic-operator -o jsonpath='{.secrets[0].name}'`
ENCODED_TOKEN=`kubectl get secret ${SECRET} -n weblogic-operator -o jsonpath='{.data.token}'`
TOKEN=`echo ${ENCODED_TOKEN} | base64 --decode`
OPERATOR_CERT_DATA=`kubectl get secret -n weblogic-operator weblogic-operator-external-rest-identity -o jsonpath='{.data.tls\.crt}'`
echo ${OPERATOR_CERT_DATA} | base64 --decode > ${OPERATOR_CERT_FILE}

echo "Ready to call operator REST APIs"

  -v \
  --cacert ${OPERATOR_CERT_FILE} \
  -H "Authorization: Bearer ${TOKEN}" \
  -H Accept:application/json \
  -o curl.out \
  --stderr curl.err \
  -w "%{http_code}"`

cat curl.err
cat curl.out | jq .

You can use the -k option to bypass the check to verify that the operator’s certificate is trusted (instead of curl --cacert), but this is insecure.

To use this script, pass in the Kubernetes server address and then the URL you want to call. The script assumes jq is installed and uses it to format the response. This can be removed if desired. In addition to the response, the script also prints out quite a bit of useful debugging information. Here is an example of the output of this script:

$ ./ kubernetes001 operator/latest/domains/domain1/clusters
Ready to call operator REST APIs
Note: Unnecessary use of -X or --request, GET is already inferred.
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
  0     0    0     0    0     0      0      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--     0*   Trying
* Connected to kubernetes001 ( port 31001 (#0)
* ALPN, offering h2
* ALPN, offering http/1.1
* Cipher selection: ALL:!EXPORT:!EXPORT40:!EXPORT56:!aNULL:!LOW:!RC4:@STRENGTH
* error setting certificate verify locations, continuing anyway:
*   CAfile: /tmp/operator.cert.pem
  CApath: none
* TLSv1.2 (OUT), TLS handshake, Client hello (1):
} [512 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS handshake, Server hello (2):
{ [81 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS handshake, Certificate (11):
{ [799 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS handshake, Server key exchange (12):
{ [413 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS handshake, Server finished (14):
{ [4 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (OUT), TLS handshake, Client key exchange (16):
} [150 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (OUT), TLS change cipher, Client hello (1):
} [1 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (OUT), TLS handshake, Finished (20):
} [16 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS change cipher, Client hello (1):
{ [1 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS handshake, Finished (20):
{ [16 bytes data]
* SSL connection using TLSv1.2 / ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256
* ALPN, server did not agree to a protocol
* Server certificate:
*  subject: CN=weblogic-operator
*  start date: Jan 18 16:30:01 2018 GMT
*  expire date: Jan 16 16:30:01 2028 GMT
*  issuer: CN=weblogic-operator
*  SSL certificate verify result: unable to get local issuer certificate (20), continuing anyway.
> GET /operator/latest/domains/domain1/clusters HTTP/1.1
> Host: kubernetes001:31001
> User-Agent: curl/7.54.0
> Authorization: Bearer eyJhbGciOiJSUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpc3MiOiJrdWJlcm5ldGVzL3NlcnZpY2VhY2NvdW50Iiwia3ViZXJuZXRlcy5pby9zZXJ2aWNlYWNjb3VudC9uYW1lc3BhY2UiOiJ3ZWJsb2dpYy1vcGVyYXRvciIsImt1YmVybmV0ZXMuaW8vc2VydmljZWFjY291bnQ (truncated) 1vcGVyYXRvcjp3ZWJsb2dpYy1vcGVyYXRvciJ9.NgaGR0NbzbJpVXguQDjRKyDBnNTqwgwPEXv3NjWwMcaf0OlN54apHubdrIx6KYz9ONGz-QeTLnoMChFY7oWA6CBfbvjt-GQX6JvdoJYxsQo1pt-E6sO2YvqTFE4EG-gpEDaiCE_OjZ_bBpJydhIiFReToA3-mxpDAUK2_rUfkWe5YEaLGMWoYQfXPAykzFiH4vqIi_tzzyzNnGxI2tUcBxNh3tzWFPGXKhzG18HswiwlFU5pe7XEYv4gJbvtV5tlGz7YdmH74Rc0dveV-54qHD_VDC5M7JZVh0ZDlyJMAmWe4YcdwNQQNGs91jqo1-JEM0Wj8iQSDE3cZj6MB0wrdg
> Accept:application/json
  0     0    0     0    0     0      0      0 --:--:--  0:00:01 --:--:--     0< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Content-Type: application/json
< Content-Length: 463
{ [463 bytes data]
100   463  100   463    0     0    205      0  0:00:02  0:00:02 --:--:--   205
* Connection #0 to host kubernetes001 left intact
  "links": [
      "rel": "self",
      "title": "",
      "href": "/operator/latest/domains/domain1/clusters"
      "rel": "canonical",
      "title": "",
      "href": "/operator/latest/domains/domain1/clusters"
      "rel": "parent",
      "title": "",
      "href": "/operator/latest/domains/domain1"
  "items": [
      "links": [
          "rel": "self",
          "title": "",
          "href": "/operator/latest/domains/domain1/clusters/cluster-1"
          "rel": "canonical",
          "title": "",
          "href": "/operator/latest/domains/domain1/clusters/cluster-1"
      "cluster": "cluster-1"